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A Greater Monster Perfect Paperback – November 10, 2011
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It is a jigsaw of writing and you find yourself falling down the rabbit hole. A book to ponder and to read for the sheer life on the page.... --Common Ills blog
Brilliant, insane and utterly unique, A Greater Monster offers pure sensory stimulation ... the graphics, concept and narration are pause-worthy, and they all combine to create literary indulgence at its best, its most interactive. --Jen Knox, author of To Begin Again (2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award winner)
I can't express how brilliant my favorite scenes in A Greater Monster are. In this extraordinary work, Katzman pushes language to do things, which are truly astounding. --Carra Stratton, Editor, Starcherone Press
With unique humor and plenty to think about, A Greater Monster is a fine and much recommended choice. --Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch
Intelligently written and displayed, A Greater Monster is truly like no book I have ever read before. While visions of Alice in Wonderland strayed through the back of my thoughts, this book is so much more. I admire David David Katzman's creativity and the amount of work that must have gone into creating such an exotic literary gift for readers who like to read beyond the lines of contemporary fiction. --Paige Lovitt, BLOGCRITICS.ORG
This is bizarro fiction at its most intense. It contains scenes and unique designs that seem engineered by some Mad Hatter and Chuck Palahniuk cross-breed. --Lavinia Ludlow, author of alt.punk
Imaginative, explosive and poetic. A real trip! ... A brain-singeing look at humanity at its strangest. ... Dark and edgy, like a Blade Runner for English majors. --Judges quotes from the 2012 Independent Book Publisher Awards
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Top Customer Reviews
Quickly jettisoning from an urban surface world, AGM delves deep into a bleak, nightmarish Bardo-like landscape populated with a wide and curious assortment of hyperspace demigods. Their actions toward the central character range a full spectrum of intentions, some harmful, others ambivalent, a few helpful. No matter how alien this world may seem, it is also still recognizably our own, in some form. Threaded throughout is an unspoken warning against the careless degradation of our planet's life-sustaining environment.
The salvation/solution to this possible future state comes in the form of ego dissolution, creating an undercurrent of anxiety at first, but in the end proving to be the price paid for achieving unlimited creative freedom. As crazy as AGM comes across on some levels, it is at the same time a very sane book. The writing is highly experimental and full of wordplay. And at the core of it all seems to be a serious treatise on time. Neither denying its validity, nor accepting it at face value, AGM attacks, dissects, and pulls apart time, testing to see if it actually even exists. Whether or not it succeeds at finally unmasking time's true nature, the courageous attempt to do so is a worthy endeavor.
This story is a psychedelic journey with no limitations and infinite possibilities. David is a master of words and uses them not only to tell his story but to illustrate it as well.
And speaking of illustrations, there is a transition in this book that is brilliantly put together. You can tell just by looking at these transforming illustrations just how much time and effort was put into all of it.
To give away any serious plot details about this book would be a dis-service to the reader. The joy of this book is that you can read it 100 times and get 100 different interpretations from it. There is something to pick up with each reading. This is a book that pays off in more ways than one.
Congratulations to David for not only putting this book out there in such style but for doing it all on his own. A task that is much easier said than done.
This is a fine and beautiful production that is sure to take you to a different and fun place!
To me, this one was more than just a book, it was an intense experience. This one read like prose poetry at it's finest. Full of word play, font experimentation,and even a few elements of bizarro thrown in for fun.
You'll want to read this one slowly because if you don't, you could miss so much. I hope I'm not giving too much away when I say there are phrases within the book that link to websites that enhanced the reading of the book for me even more so than the wonderful artwork that was squashed between the text of the book.
Seriously, I really loved everything about this one - from feeling high, to the magnificent art work, to the beautifully crafted language, to being sad when the journey was over. I can see why it took David David Katzman 7 years to write this one because there's so many levels to explore once you fall down the rabbit hole.
I came across this in a book today: 'Added to this is the knowledge we unconsciously take to the streets: to Heraclitus has been attributed the observation that one cannot step into the same river twice; to atomic physicists this has been exacerbated by the proofs that no material is the same twice. Worse, insights beginning in the 19th century developed into a cataract—never the same twice—of understanding of our inner worlds, which not only are in incessant flux, but cannot but distort the external environment with which they interplay.' Katzman's A Greater Monster takes this assumption as a starting point for his philosophical discussion about existence, which is what I take the antics in the book to be all about. Among the descriptions of an original bestiary there are astute comments, profound discussions, a very critical examination/plaint regarding the human.
I have to compare Katzman to someone, which is what you do when you write a review that wants to express that the author is good enough to enter the canon. But I doubt Katzman would agree that Samuel Beckett is his primary literary cohort.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This has to be one of the most, fantastic mind bending books I've ever read. His use of words and plot line is pure genius. Look forward to reading more from him.Published 28 days ago by Download
A book I can only describe as 'Fear and Loathing in the Wardrobe'. The perfect example of confusion to calmness and back again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I lost myself in the beautiful dark imagery and powerful emotional journey of this book. Truly more of an experience than a read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ally
This was the first of Katzman's books I've read but it certainly will not be the last. Imagine the Phantom Tollbooth on LSD. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alyssa Brown
This book grabbed me quickly and took me to a bizarre, unpredictable world, a combination of fantasy and reality. A thought provoking book that I have little doubt that Hunter S. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Todd C
An exceptional read. As much an experience as it is a work of literature. David has created something very immersive here. The tone shifts from loathing to chaotic to serene. Read morePublished 8 months ago by CBWills
A Greater Monster is a wild, strange, thought-provoking, acid trip of a book. Not that I've ever done acid, but while reading the crackling prose of this highly entertaining novel... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Noah
A Greater Monster is a magic carpet ride through the bowels of hell – exhilarating, macabre, and grotesque while still beautiful and inspiring. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jewel
When I finished A Greater Monster I had to sit for a while to process what I had just read. Maybe I should say attempt to process what I had just read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amanda Pounds